Laptops in the cabin will be banned on some flights within days.
The US Government is temporarily barring passengers on certain nonstop US-bound flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics in carry-on luggage. The ban was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. A US official said the ban would apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The official did not name the airports or the countries but said no American carriers would be affected by the ban. The official was not authorised to disclose the details of the ban ahead of a public announcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that US-bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of US officials, including those that transit through Canada. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that US transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned politicians over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion. A US Government official said such a ban had been considered for several weeks.
Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. It is included in the United States ban!!
The US ban applies to flights flying to the United States from 10 international airports in the Middle East and Northern Africa, including Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The ban affects foreign airlines that fly direct to the US from these destinations. However fliers “regardless of trusted traveller status” are affected, says the Homeland Security Department. After the US announcement, Britain enacted a similar ban with some key differences. If you are flying into Britain from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia, everything but your smartphone must be checked in checked luggage. Also Britain is specific about the size of the smartphone you are allowed to bring on board. It can be 6.29 inches long, 3.6 inches wide and 0.59 inches thick. Some larger phones may not meet these specifications.
Electronic bans have been tried before. Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and aviation-security expert Jeffrey Price said there could be downsides to the policy. "There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage," he said. “Thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when Britain tried a similar ban in 2006, and some laptops have batteries that can catch fire — an event easier to detect in the cabin than the hold.” Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag's contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. All checked baggage must be screened for explosives.
Crowds awaiting to check in at Fort Lauderdale airport. It's unclear what prompted the ban on electronics in carry-on luggage.
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